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OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs[viewed]

Increased efforts are needed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020 in the world's most vulnerable countries, according to the ‘State of Least Developed Countries 2014,' launched by the UN Office for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). The report, which is subtitled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' identifies gender equality, institutional frameworks, infrastructure development, service delivery and external factors as critical in reducing LDCs' extreme poverty.

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting[viewed]

The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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World Resources Forum Discusses Economic and Environmental Linkages[viewed]

The 2014 World Resources Forum (WRF) brought together over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organizations to share knowledge and ideas on how to increase resource productivity, promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and mitigate climate change, while still maintaining and improving the quality of life for people everywhere.

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DESA Provides Update on FfD Conference Funding Needs[viewed]

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) briefed UN Member States on funding requirements for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), with a focus on the FfD Trust Fund, and recalled the invitation in UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 68/279 for Member States and other donors to contribute to the trust fund to support the participation of representatives from developing countries, including LDCs, in the conference. The briefing took place on 22 October 2014, in New York, US.

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Co-Chairs Release Zero Draft of Post-2015 DRR Framework[viewed]

The Preparatory Committee of the Third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction's (DRR) has issued the Zero Draft of the post-2015 framework, prepared by the Committee's Co-Chairs, Päivi Kairamo, Finland, and Thani Thongphakdi, Thailand. The Zero Draft, which builds on the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), will be discussed at the PrepCom's Second Session, in November 2014. The final version is expected to be adopted at the March 2015 Conference.

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International Day Stresses Need to 'Leave No One Behind'[viewed]

The UN marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2014. UN Secretary-General issued a message highlighting the poor and vulnerable as "indispensable partners” in creating a world of dignity, opportunity and well-being, where no one is left behind, as “their knowledge and perspectives are vital in finding meaningful, durable solutions."

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ADF 9 Recommends Policies to Address Poverty, Attract Financing[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Ninth African Development Forum (ADF IX) agreed the Marrakech Consensus, which outlines recommendations on fiscal policies and regulatory frameworks to address poverty and attract and deploy capital. The Forum, which convened under the theme ‘Innovative Financing for Africa's Transformation,' focused on: domestic resource mobilization, including for Africa's structural transformation; illicit financial flows (IFFs), private equity, partnerships and climate financing for Africa's adaptation and mitigation needs.

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Toolkit to Help Investors Support SDGs[viewed]

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Global Compact, and the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) announced plans for a tool kit for institutional investors, companies and foundations to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with their investments.

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UN Releases Handbook on Human Rights to Water and Sanitation[viewed]

Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, launched a handbook outlining the legal foundations and recognition of human rights to water and sanitation.

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LLDC PrepCom 2 Concludes, Consultations on Draft Outcome Continuing[viewed]

The second session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Second UN Conference on the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) concluded on 22 October 2014, in New York, US. The session, initially scheduled for 2-3 October 2014, resumed after being postponed on 2 October 2014, after the first day of discussions.

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